I’ve found that with so much of today’s music sound fairly similar to itself, it’s hard to discover something that’s new and really makes you go “Wow – yeah this is good.” For me, these are the albums from 2014 that have done that.
In alphabetical order.
The Archers – These Wicked Woods – These Victoria natives put out their first full length this year. Their five part harmonies make this stomp-folk worth a listen.
BADBADNOTGOOD – III – Hiphop, jazz, house – I don’t exactly know what to call it, but it’s got some sweet groove.
The Colourist – The Colourist – A good, fun album. This defines pop-rock for me. You’ve probably already heard this one but can never place it.
Hanz Zimmer – Interstellar Original Soundtrack – Go see this movie, if just for the music.
Hozier – Hozier – Along with Shakey Graves, I think that Hozier is doing the “solo-stomp-folk” right.
Ingrid Michaelson – Lights Out – In the “girls who play piano” category, Michaelson’s album doesn’t venture too far from what you’d expect – but the songwriting and collaborations are on point.
Kimba – The Golden Echo – This record reminded me a lot of Janelle Monae, proving that Kimbra is more than one hit wonder back up singer material (See: “Somebody I Used to Know”)
Little Hurricane – Gold Fever – I was lucky enough to see this duo at SXSW this year – and no one else is doing the “boy and girl blues” better than these two.
Lykke Li – I Never Learn – Probably one of my favourites of the year, this song was my anthem for the first six months of 2014. When I talk about songs that “go somewhere” – this is what I mean.
Owen Pallett – In Conflict – Minimalism and arranging at it’s finest. In Conflict is as beautiful as it is haunting.
Reuben and the Dark – Funeral Sky – For the “folk band that swims in reverb” fans – definitely check out these guys.
Sharon Von Etten – Are We There – Another girl with a piano – but this one is much more heartbreaking than Lights Out. If you’re feeling a little low about your lover – I’d recommend this.
West My Friend – When the Ink Dries – Friends of the blog, West My Friend’s full length has a lot of surprises. See my review for more detail, but listen to this fun one for now.
Honourable Mentions – Kevin Drew – Darlings, PUP – PUP, Taylor Swift – 1989, Arkells – High Noon, St. Vincent – St. Vincent, Snarky Puppy – We Like It Here, Gutterbird – Speak Easy, The Antlers – Familiars, Beck – Morning Phase, Hey Rosetta – Second Sight, Tokyo Police Club – Forcefield.
Feel free to argue, complain, disagree or hate!
Over the years I’ve become really aware of my ears and how loud my music is. I try and keep my iPod volume very low no matter where I am. I wear earplugs when I go to concerts. I think I worry about my future, and one day not being able to do my job because I’ve gone deaf.
But OTHER PEOPLE seem to not think about these things like I do. They often have their headphones blaring so loud that people surrounding them can hear the music. For the purpose of this blog I am going to generalize the location to the bus, which is where this often occurs.
Now, when I notice these people on the bus with their music so loud, I like to have a little bit of fun. Since the loudest part of any song, or the most audible – whichever you prefer, is usually the drums, and me being a drummer, naturally I like to drum along to other people’s music.
It might start with a subtle foot-tapping along with their beat, but I have once started full air drumming along with some guy’s GNR beat. I always think this would be kind of disturbing for the offender. Having the person across from them on the bus drumming the exact beat their listening to. I wonder if they actually notice, or just assume I’m some nut job air drumming for the hell of it.
Yesterday there was a girl listening to Volcanoes by Damien Rice, and I really wanted to start mouthing the words in hopes that she might see me. That would definitely scare the shit out of me. But alas she never looked my way. So I just did the foottapping drumming anyways.
So, if you’re ever on the bus or in public, and someone starts drumming along to the music in your head – that’s a hint to turn it down.